The second, and final, Reef Ball of the year was held at Marsh Harbour Marina & Jib Room. The event, complete with a silent auction, a live auction and a soulful performance by local band, “Suppa Time,” entertained the crowd while raising money for the educational charity – Friends of the Environment.
According to FRIENDS Executive Kristin Williams, Friends of the Environment has provided over 10,000 education opportunities for youth on Abaco. These opportunities range from treks through the mangroves to snorkeling coral reefs.
She highlighted the importance of the organization’s work saying that it is a first time many of the children have even put a mask on. She continued with trying to describe the children’s reaction to seeing a reef full of fish and colourful wildlife for the first time.
FRIENDS’ current major project is the construction and outfitting of a lab and educational office for scientists to inhabit and work right here on Abaco. Thanks to the generous donations of some, that project will be well on its way.
As always, the live auction was energetically hosted by Michael Albury. He was assisted by FRIENDS’ Special Projects Coordinator, Lindsey McCoy.
Every event members of the public are honoured by FRIENDS for their dedication to the environment. This time Kevin Sawyer and Woody Bracey were brought forward to receive their plaques.
Some of the Live Auction items this year included a delicious chocolate cake baked by Cha Boyce, tickets to the upcoming Devour! The Beach in Green Turtle, a trip to Spanish Wells and a trip to Firefly among others.
The night closed off with dancing as “Suppa Time” took to the stage.